Nick asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 decade ago

What EXACTLY is a Field Commission?

I need to know what exactly a Field Commission is, in the United States Military.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A field commission is a temporary promotion to the officer ranks and is generally done only when any other available leadership in the field is killed or incapacitated. It can only be done by a high-ranking officer (Major, or above, depending on the branch of service), and is no longer in effect when the mission is over or when another officer arrives who can assume command.

    Field commissions are rare and temporary. They can be made permanent, but that almost never happens in today's modern military, since communication and travel is virtually instantaneous and HQ can get replacements into the field much faster than 200 years ago.

  • 1 decade ago

    a promotion in the field from enlisted to officer

    normally happens only in times of war

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